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Then and Now: Union Pacific rail yard

Now the site of the Kendall Yards mixed use development, the area northwest of downtown Spokane and the river was once home to the Union Pacific rail yard. The railroad …


As virus grips nation, advocates move to halt evictions

On the day after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a global pandemic, Joe Ferguson was given a batch of court-ordered evictions to carry out in his job as constable in …


Shawn Vestal: As housing market tightens, French calls for city to revisit planning priorities

As Spokane faces a housing crisis, County Commission Chairman Al French argues that part of the problem is a disconnect among the dense-development values of the comp plan, a resistance …


WSDOT to city: Pause development, deal with safety issues on Highway 195, or we’ll restrict local access

Mike Gribner, administrator of WSDOT’s Eastern Region, presented Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs with a letter on Feb. 13 asking the council to “adopt a development moratorium for the …


‘As for what we need?’ Housing, services and support, say those experiencing homelessness in Spokane

Spokane’s new mayor, Nadine Woodward, has pledged to embark on a new approach to homelessness that will begin with the formation of a work group. In anticipation of that community …


Eastern Washington tribes receive $6.5 million in federal housing funds

Three Indian tribes in the Inland Northwest will receive more than $6.5 million in federal funds to build and operate affordable housing projects.


Getting There: As traffic backs up and becomes unsafe on Highway 195, transit planners search for an off-ramp

Plans for how to handle increased development southwest of Spokane were discussed in the early 1990s, but funding was never found for those projects. That’s led to motorists finding themselves …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

City limits proposed 98-home Eagle Ridge-area development until Highway 195 is improved

The Spokane hearing examiner approved a new development near Eagle Ridge on Friday, with a condition: Until the Washington Department of Transportation makes improvements to U.S. 195, Whipple Consulting Engineers …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

Spokane’s housing market remains competitive, but homebuyers may have an easier time closing in 2020

Rosalind Weller had to find another home, and quickly. The landlord of the house Weller rented was putting the property on the market, making her a homebuyer for the first …


Spokane homes added to National Register of Historic Places in December

The National Register has recently added two Spokane homes onto its list of historic places.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Microsoft: $250M more for affordable housing in Seattle area

One year after Microsoft announced it was committing $500 million toward affordable housing in the Seattle area, it’s upping that by half.


Washington Legislative Preview 2020: Legislators, Inslee look to reduce homeless numbers

As the number of homeless individuals and families grows around the state, legislative leaders are looking to reduce those numbers with long-term solutions but don’t yet agree about immediate approaches.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

U.S. construction spending up 0.6% in November, led by housing

Spending on U.S. construction projects rose a solid 0.6% in November as gains in home building and government projects offset weakness in nonresidential construction.


Spokane sales tax will fund affordable housing after measure passes council

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted legislation on Monday that will redirect a portion of the state’s sales tax revenue into local affordable housing projects.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Tenants call for action, landlords ask for patience

The Spokane City Council shelved a set of proposed tenant protection laws until March last week, but tenants are pledging to continue the fight for new regulations.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

As landlords fight back, council delays vote on tenant protections

Amid outcry from landlords, the council balked Monday on new laws that would force landlords to pay for tenant relocation when they substantially increase the rent and cite a specific …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Spokane landlords would need ‘specific cause’ to evict renters under City Council proposal

Would a new slate of tenant protections help, or hurt, the city’s efforts to address this side effect of a successful housing market? The Spokane City Council will try to …


U.S. home prices rose 2.1% from a year ago

U.S. home prices increased modestly in September from a year ago, as roughly seven years of rising home values have hurt affordability.


Sue Lani Madsen: How to make housing unaffordable

Now that the election is over, a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance is moving forward. Rapidly. What is on the table works against keeping housing affordable or increasing the supply.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

U.S. home sales rose 1.9% last month, lifted by lower rates

Americans took advantage of lower mortgage rates and purchased more homes in October, though sales were held back by a shortage of available properties.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Apple commits $2.5B to combat California housing crisis

Apple has committed $2.5 billion to ease California’s housing crisis, eclipsing similar pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook to address a lack of affordable housing in a …


New construction values exceed $1 billion in Spokane County for 2019

New-construction permit values in Spokane County totaled more than $1 billion over the past year, marking the first time that dollar amount was exceeded since 2008.


100 years ago in Spokane: People line up for days to buy lots as city suffers housing crunch

Housing was so short in Spokane that people were lined up days ahead of time for a chance to buy one of 165 lots offered for sale in the Audubon …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: With soldiers back from World War I, city experiences shortage of housing – and jazz musicians

Spokane was experiencing an upsurge in demand for professional musicians, especially those who could play jazz.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Sellers continue to have advantage in Spokane housing market

The Spokane County real estate market was bustling with activity in August, but not enough to drive up home sales, as persistently high demand and low inventory continued to be …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

‘The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell came to Spokane on Tuesday to champion federal legislation that, if passed, aims to spur the development of 9,700 new units of affordable housing in Washington …


Shawn Vestal: Where should we look for housing solutions? Not here, not here, not here

Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019

Spokane City Council expands tax incentive zone for housing developers

The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 to expand the multifamily tax exemption zone, which council president Ben Stuckart calls the city’s best tool to promote development.


New rules can deny green cards for immigrants on food stamps

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, …


City of Spokane considers $106,000 investment to help build 6-story apartment building downtown

The project would replace a small drive-through bank building at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Browne Street with a six-story building. The cash that would come from the city …